Sydney siege: Police say siege is over
Not long after news outlets reported that NSW police identified the assailant in the Sydney siege as Man Haron Monis, the police have announced that the siege is over with details forthcoming. It is still unclear if there were any deaths of injuries.
This is some of what the The Telegraph had to report about the suspect:
The man behind the shocking siege in a Sydney café was Man Haron Monis, a notorious 49-year-old self-proclaimed sheikh who claimed to practice black magic and was well known for multiple crimes including sending offensive letters to grieving families of dead Australian soldiers and allegedly murdering his ex-wife.
Monis, a self-proclaimed “spiritual healer”, had a long history of criminal convictions.
…In October, he was chanrged with 40 indecent and sexual assault charges, including 22 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 14 counts of aggravated indecent assault relating to six women.
In 2002 he faced charges of sexually assaulting a woman and of joining with his current wife to stab his ex-wife to death in Sydney last year.
From the information publically available it seems clear that Monis is a disturbed individual of dubious religious credentials who posed as both a Muslim cleric and a practitioner of black magic.
This seems consistent with an expert assessment that characterized the assailant as mentally ill which was not widely reported in the media.
MuslimVillage will, insha Allah, provide further updates as more details become available.